Versailles -II-

Versailles trip continued...
Galerie des Batailles
(this pic was taken from the middle of the gallery, it is huge!)
By far my favorite part of the palace; I'm dying to take my family back to Versailles to see this hall. This great hall boasts enormous paintings of battles and great French historical landmarks dating back from the early 13th century!
Horse looking scared in Battle de Bouvines:
Short little Napolean on his horse in a battle:
Crusaders in 1364:
"This (the hall) is where the kings would bring people after a meeting so as to say 'if you didn't like the way that treaty went in there... let's take a look at all the battles France has won' "
Joan of Arc:
A little American History:

After an extensive tour of the palace, Sasha, Alyssa, Elizabeth and I headed to the gardens of Versailles to meet with Mimi and Sarah. We needed something to eat... what else is new?
Right outside of the palace as we exited:
(Sasha & Alyssa)
With your back to the palace, this is the view of the gardens:
(obviously I couldn't capture the magnitude of it all... not even close!)
Sarah, Mimi, Alyssa, Sasha, Elizabeth:
Sasha, Mimi, Elizabeth, Me:
(eating our paninis)
Me, Elizabeth, Mimi, Sasha, Elizabeth, Sarah:
View of Versailles from where we ate lunch:
Getting LOST on the way to Trianon....
Mimi the sheep:
Marie-Antoinette's Quarters and Trianon
Once we finally made it to Marie-Antoinette's Quarters and Trianon, the six of us were pleasantly surprised. Louis XIV gave this quarter of Versailles to Marie-Antoinette after she gave birth their first child. She was the only queen to distinctly impose her taste on Versailles, simultaneously rejecting the etiquette of the Court. Marie-Antoinette celebrated her personal sense of "joie de vivre" in this place, an attitude that is linked to the freedom of thought and theories of the Enlightenment period.
Queen Marie-Antoinette wanted a village of her own to provide "country amusement" for herself and her children. The entire time we were in the village, we couldn't help but laugh and smile at her view of "country" living. An extremely sheltered woman, MA had a very, very plush idea of the life peasants lived.
The queen's "Hamlet," constructed in 1783, was comprised of twelve cottages surrounded by vegetable and flower gardens (my favorite!!) The queen had her own cottage, of course, which was the only cottage with a tile roof.
Marie-Antoinette's Cottage:

Precious gardner man taking care of one of the cottage gardens...
How gorgeous is this?!!?
More views of the cottages:
I love this photo:
Pumpkins :)
Yes, those are grapes hanging over our heads:
Alyssa, Sarah, Mimi:
Petite Trianon:
(I think)

I don't know what this is called but it's awesome:

Stay tuned for post on:
Marie-Antoinette movie night with the girls, chez moi.

(note to self: never take so many pictures that it takes three posts to cover the entire story!!)
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